Monster Music City wins at Journeymen Collegiate Duals mash up Top 25

Manheim, Pennsylvania –Several upsets at the Journeymen Collegiate Duals earlier this week in Nashville, Tennessee provided just enough chaos to mix up the final NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll for the 2023 calendar year, which was released on Thursday.

Ohio State and Iowa State each went 3-0 in the event and won their respective pools. The Buckeyes (7-1) topped then-No. 2 NC State using three first-period falls to build an 18-0 lead after the first three weights and hung on to win 21-20 in a rare four-match dual victory. Ohio State also beat then-No. 25 Northern Iowa and Lock Haven. Ohio State moved up to No. 8 this week.

Iowa State (6-1) moved back into the Top 5 after topping then-No. 5 Cornell 26-15 in the deciding dual of their Collegiate Duals pool. The Cyclones also topped No. 13 Pittsburgh and Little Rock.

Coupled with the results in Nashville, Missouri (4-0) moved up to No. 2 after beating Air Force 38-3. Idle Penn State (2-0) remained No. 1, while idle Iowa (5-0) moved up a spot to No. 3. N.C. State fell two spots to No. 4.

Other action before the holiday: Nebraska beat South Dakota State 21-17, Oklahoma State beat Wyoming 31-9, Virginia Tech beat Stanford 29-7, Oregon State beat CSU Bakersfield 48-0 and West Virginia beat Division II Fairmont State 56-0.

Stanford rebounded from its loss at Virginia Tech to sweep the Campbell Duals. The Cardinal (5-1) beat Purdue 24-13, North Dakota State 26-17 and host Campbell 19-17.

Appalachian State (1-1) moved into the Top 25 for the first time this season following a 24-14 win over then-No. 21 North Carolina in Boone. Idle Maryland moved back into the Top 25 as North Carolina and then-No. 25 Northern Iowa dropped out of the poll this week.

NOTE: The next poll will be released on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.

Methodology: The NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll is voted on by two coaches from each Division I wrestling conference. Each first-place vote is worth 25 points, 24 points for a second-place vote, 23 for a third-place vote and so on through to one point for a 25th-place vote. The poll is based on dual meet results. Teams who are not competing this season are not included in the voting process.

NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll
December 21, 2023

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConf.Previous
1Penn State (14)(2-0)350Big Ten1
2Missouri(4-0)332Big 123
3Iowa(5-0)317Big Ten4
4NC State(9-1)282ACC2
5Iowa State(6-1)281Big 126
6Michigan(2-0)275Big Ten7
7Nebraska(3-0)271Big Ten8
8Ohio State(7-1)264Big Ten10
9Oklahoma State(4-0)239Big 129
10Cornell(3-1)238EIWA5
11Virginia Tech(3-1)202ACC11
12Minnesota(5-0)197Big Ten12
13Pittsburgh(7-3)168ACC13
14Rutgers(5-1)163Big Ten15
15South Dakota State(3-2)151Big 1214
16Navy(5-0)144EIWA17
17Oregon State(4-1)133Pac-1216
18Stanford(5-1)100Pac-1219
19Oklahoma(4-2)99Big 1218
20West Virginia(7-1)80Big 1220
21Arizona State(1-2)48Pac-1222
22Indiana(3-0)38Big Ten24
23Lehigh(0-3)37EIWA23
24Appalachian State(1-1)29SoConNR
25Maryland(2-1)28Big TenNR

Others Receiving Votes: North Carolina 17, Northern Iowa 17, Cal Poly 13, Penn 12, Illinois 7, Northern Colorado 5, Campbell 4, Wisconsin 4, Little Rock 2, Virginia 2, Utah Valley 1.

Dropped out: No. 21 North Carolina (6-3), No. 25 Northern Iowa (1-3).

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